Where else would a club-sized, starchitect-designed Starbucks open in New York other than in the Meatpacking District?
Details regarding a low-rise building coming to the former Prince Lumber site at 61 Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District have emerged, and they reveal that the Rafael Viñoly-designed commercial building will house the largest Starbucks store in the world, according to 6sqft.
The 20,000-square-foot facility known as the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room will be “part of a push to bolster growth with larger locations that offer experiences to customers,” reports Crain’s.
Architecturally speaking, this building will have little in common with Viñoly’s famed, pencil-shaped residential tower at 432 Park Avenue. Renderings of 61 Ninth Avenue show a series of stacked cubes with terraces jutting from an asymmetrical glass facade.
In all the project is said to cost around $100 million, which means this could also be the most expensive Starbucks in the world (or close to anyway). It won’t open until 2018.